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Local application of statin promotes bone repair through the suppression of osteoclasts and the enhancement of osteoblasts at bone-healing sites in rats

Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology and Endodontology
Elsevier - Mosby
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
DOI: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2008.07.013
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Objective We investigated whether the local administration of simvastatin affected both the cellular events and the bone formation at surgically created bone defects in rat. Study design Simvastatin (or a vehicle) was injected into a rat bony defect for 3 consecutive days from the day of surgery. Five or ten days after the injection, new bone tissue was collected, and the gene expressions of bone-related proteins were examined. For the histomorphometry, new bone area was measured. Results At day 5, the statin group demonstrated significantly larger new bone area. The number of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase–positive multinucleated cells in the statin group was less than in the control group. In the statin group, the expressions of both alkaline phosphatase and bone morphogenetic protein 2 mRNA significantly increased. In contrast, the expression of cathepsin K was significantly suppressed in the statin group. Although the levels of both RANK and osteoprotegerin were not affected by statin, the expression of RANKL was depressed. At day 10, there were no significant differences among the groups in either histomorphometric or reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction analyses. Conclusion New bone area increased under the influence of simvastatin; however, the effect did not continue when the administration was terminated. Osteoclast suppression may be the consequence of RANKL depression.

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